Should I Go for a Closed Rhinoplasty?

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When it comes to rhinoplasties, they can fall into one of two categories: closed and open. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, and because of that, each one has situations in which it’s the best option. Here are some frequently asked questions about closed rhinoplasties.

What is a closed rhinoplasty?

With a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon goes in from inside the nostrils. There iis no opening up of the skin in front of the nose (as in an open rhinoplasty). There are several benefits to this type of rhinoplasty, although it also has its limitations. 

Is closed or open rhinoplasty better?

Both closed and open rhinoplasties have advantages and disadvantages, and as such, each is used in different situations. An open rhinoplasty provides greater visibility of the internal structures, cartilage, bone, etc. of the nose. However, the potential for scarring is greater. Also, open rhinoplasties take longer to heal. A closed rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is performed through the nostrils. This reduces scarring, plus this surgery is often quicker and heals faster. 

Open rhinoplasties are better for more complicated procedures involving lots of reshaping of the nose where the surgeon needs a better picture of what’s going on. More straightforward surgeries can be done closed; however, it’s important to note that closed rhinoplasties are a highly specialized surgery and not all plastic surgeons are experienced enough to perform them.

Is closed rhinoplasty cheaper than open?

Not necessarily. The time it takes to perform a closed rhinoplasty is slightly shorter, but the skill required to do so is something only highly specialized, experienced surgeons can do, so the price will generally remain the same whether a closed or open procedure is performed.

How long does a closed rhinoplasty last?

A closed rhinoplasty permanently changes the shape of your nose. For example, if a hump on your bridge was shaved down, it will not grow back. However, with age, some shape-related changes occur to the nose whether someone has had a rhinoplasty or not. For example, the tip of the nose may start to droop downwards due to weakening cartilage and loss of collagen , causing the appearance of a longer nose.

How long does a closed rhinoplasty take to heal?

Closed rhinoplasties heal more quickly than their counterparts. They make use of absorbable, internal stitches, so you won’t see any external stitches or scarring. You also will have less swelling than with an open rhinoplasty. You can expect about six months before your nose has healed to what it will look like permanently. If you’re looking for a closed rhinoplasty in Bakersfield, Dr. Edmund Fisher is board-certified and highly experienced in performing closed rhinoplasties. Take a look at the before and after photos on the site and contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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